00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin
00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin 00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin 00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin 00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin

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00047 - Rare Unidentified 0.47 Inch Partial Body Fish With Scales From Kem Kem Basin

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Species
Unidentified partial body fish with scales
Age
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Location
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, South Morocco
Formation
Tegana Formation, Red Sandstone Beds
Size
15 mm   •    in
Weight
1 g   •    oz
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Description
Wonderful rest of one of the fish species that reigned the Cretaceous ecosystems in North Africa. It is a vey rare piece which preserves multiple details that could be diagnostic for its proper classification. However, after having performed comparisons with the last available rests of published fish from this area, it has not been possible to determine exactly its taxonomic position within the teleost fish. Its scales are much more elongated than those of the Lepidotes.

This is a unique and extremely rare piece. It can the subject of new comparative studies with other already published rests.
Therefore, this specimen presents an additional scientific interest given the classification difficulty. Hence, it is very appropriate for subject matter experts.

The abundant fish fauna which can be found in the cretaceous layers of the Kem Kem Basin is large and varied. Recently Cavin et al., (2015) made an important revision of the cretaceous association of continental fish in the south of Morocco. Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0125786
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